David Bowie

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In the history of rock and roll there have been many artists and groups that have come and gone and made an impact on the lives of young and budding musicians such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Beach Boys, The Sex Pistols and Nirvana. There was one artist though from the 1970's who not only made an impact musically for the years to come, he ended up changing the rules on how to play rock and roll and how to be yourself in the process.

Through the years Bowie helped create new sub-genres and trends that not only gave rock its edge but a sense of self for the artist to be able to express their own feelings and emotions.

In the late 60's and early seventies Bowie released his first two albums Space Oddity and The Man Who Sold The World. Space Oddity was very much an acoustic sounding album, which spawned his first hit single of the same name.

His second album the Man Who Sold The World wasn't as successful as his first but it did show that Bowie was becoming a groundbreaking artist. The abrasive hard rock sound of his second album was considered by some people as a prototype for punk rock. The album also marked the beginning of what many fans consider his classic era, from 1971 through to 1980.

In 1971 he released the album Hunky Dory, it showed his maturity as a singer and songwriter with obvious influences coming from Bob Dylan and the Velvet Underground. The albums biggest highlight was this song, a powerful piano ballad called Life On Mars. The song helped the album to huge chart success in Britain and a newfound cult status in America. In the next year he would shock the music world by...